Babaloo Shop

I’m a big supporter of small, independent businesses. I would much rather spend my money with them, then from a giant store. I recently discovered Babaloo Shop – a brand new family run business. Most of the items in store are handmade, from natural materials, tested by parents and kiddos. They sell a lovely range of accessories for your little one. They were kind enough to send us a Ecoteddy for Beastie. Made from bamboo yarn and stuffed with sheep wool, he’s the perfect first teddy for baby. As sheep wool absorbs scents, the idea is for Mama to sleep with the bear for a night or two, then he’ll smell just like her – ready for baby to snuggle up to. I picked a few other pieces that I really love from their store to share with you: Mini Owl This one of a kind mini-owl is sure to make a great gift for your little one this Christmas Car Seat/Stroller Liner I love the racoon print on this, and it’s a great way to jazz up a pram {and make for easy cleaning!}. The reverse side is a warm minky fabric to keep your little one extra cosy…

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Smoothie time with Breville Blend Active

We’re big smoothie fans in this house, it’s a tasty and easy way to get lots of fruit into the kiddos, and I often have one for breakfast. We’ve had a variety of blenders over the years, from stick blenders to jug blenders. We were recently sent this Breville Blend Active Blender to test out. At first, I have to admit, I was a little dubious. It’s main selling point, the thing that makes it different from other blenders, is that you blend directly into the sports bottles. I thought that maybe it was a bit ‘gimmicky’ and would turn out to be another gadget that just sits in the cupboard. Turns out that I was wrong. Ours came with four bottles – two 600ml ones and two 300ml ones. You simply put your chosen smoothie ingredients straight into one of the bottles, twist on the blade, clip onto the unit and blend. I really like that it makes it easy and effortless to make healthy smoothies. Papa has been making one each morning when he heads out to college, the fact it’s already in a bottle means it’s quick for him to do {and leaves less washing up for…

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Ginger Pudding Cupcakes

Oh my goodness! I had to make some gingery, Christmas pudding inspired cupcakes! These turned out SO delicious {I may have eaten rather a lot}. I made mini cupcakes – probably a mistake as you can convince yourself that it was only a bite so you can have a third {or fourth}. Still… they tasted perfectly of Christmas with a little ginger and mixed spice, and on a cold, frosty day make for the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. They’d make the perfect centerpiece to a buffet table too, I’ll be making more of these over Christmas I think! I’ve been wanting a stand mixer for a while, and Domu recently sent us one to review. This past week we’ve been testing out this VonShef Stand Mixer. It’s been a hard job – I mean, having to mix lots of cakes to make sure it works!? I’m impressed though, not only does it make mixing cakes super quick, it also comes with a dough hook to take the hard work out of making bread/pizza dough. I love fresh baked bread, but really don’t like all the kneading! The mixing bowl is a generous size too, and it has…

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Bon Marche Secret Santa

I love this time of year, the build up to the big day, picking out the perfect gift for each person, seeing the kiddos getting SO excited. I won’t lie, as much as I love giving, it’s also quite nice to receive a gift or two… so when Bon Marche asked if I’d like one of their Secret Santa boxes, of course I said yes!! The postman came a-knocking last week with a box full of goodies, not just for me but for the whole family. We delved inside and found a whole heap of fab-ness. A gorgeous cardie for me – perfect as it’s ‘oversized’ so fits this bump AND I can wear it once Beastie is on the outside. Some funky Christmas socks – who doesn’t want Christmas Puddings on their tootsies?! They must have known we’re a family who love a good board game – they included Monoploy AND a Trivial Pursuits. They’ll keep us busy over these cold winter evenings. I used to love playing Trivial Pursuits when I was little, so am looking forward to re-living some memories with that one! And of course – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some chocolates would it?! Oh…

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Festive Snow Jars

We’re hoping for a White Christmas this year… last year was a little disappointing on the snow front, and the big kiddos are desperate to be able to go sledging! I remember loving playing in the snow when I was little, my big brother pulling me around the field on the sledge and building snowmen. While I won’t be doing much sledging this year, I figured I’d bring a little snow indoors. Taking my inspiration from all of the beautiful snow globes that are around, I made these pretty festive snow jars – they’ll spend Christmas in the centre of my mantle piece, and being water-less they can easily be re-purposed next year. Supplies// I used some Jam Jars I picked up at a hardware shop – you can easily re-purpose ones you have laying around the house too. Light blue transparent glass paint, some fake snow and mini trees and deer I picked up on eBay. One// First off, I painted the jars with the glass paint. It gave it a little hint of blue, and made it all a little ‘blurry’ – kinda like you’re in a snow storm! Leave them to dry {some glass paints require you…

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